Gilcrease Museum Hosts American Impressionism Exhibition on Loan from Bank of America

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gilcrease Museum will host a collection of works by noted American Impressionists during Transcending Vision: American Impressionism 1870-1940. On loan from Bank of America, the exhibition will be on display January 24 – May 3, 2009.

Transcending Vision: American Impressionism 1870-1940 includes more than 110 works by 75 artists such as Childe Hassam, Arthur Wesley Dow, George Inness, Robert Spencer and others. As a group, these works explore Impressionism’s history in the United States through its French roots and American interpretation.

“This exhibition is one of great importance to the history of art in America and provides our visitors the chance to see these works by such noteworthy artists,” said Dr. Duane King, Vice President for Museum Affairs for The University of Tulsa and Director of Gilcrease Museum. “The subject matter is truly American and resonates with all visitors.”

“Bank of America understands support of artistic and cultural institutions, such as Gilcrease, is critical to ensuring the cultural and economic vitality of our communities,” said William Lissau, Oklahoma President, Bank of America. “Loaning exhibitions from the Bank of America Collection is a powerful way we can support a critical institution in our state with one of our most unique assets. We’re thrilled to loan these works at no cost to the museum and I encourage residents and visitors to our great city to visit this unique exhibition in the weeks ahead.”

In the exhibition, visitors will see the American Impressionists interpretations of the American landscape – both rural and urban themes – including specific locations, moments in time and those of the middle class at leisure.

Transcending Vision: American Impressionism 1870-1940 was organized by Gilcrease Museum in collaboration with Bank of America Corporation.

The Bank of America Collection is one of the oldest and most significant corporate art collections in the world, reflecting the diversity of artistic expression in America and internationally.
These works of art are displayed in museums and Bank of America’s public galleries as well as in corporate offices. As the company has grown in recent decades, the size and scope of the Bank of America Collection has also grown. Today, the collection has been enriched with the art from legacy banks, each with a particular emphasis – regional, thematic, contemporary, and historical.

Gilcrease has planned a full range of educational programs throughout the length of the exhibition beginning on January 24, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. with a lecture by Mary Edith Alexander, Curator for Bank of America. Alexander will provide an overview of how the exhibition was conceived and particular pieces selected, as well as share anecdotal and historical information on the bank’s American Impressionist collection. For more information on programming, visit

Images available upon request.

About the Museum

Gilcrease Museum is home to the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. Gilcrease is recognized as one of the country’s premier facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. In July 2008, the City of Tulsa and The University of Tulsa entered into a historic public-private partnership to manage the city-owned museum, providing unparalleled opportunities to preserve and advance the museum’s collection.

Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors (62 and older); $6 for active duty members of the U.S. Military; $5 for college students with valid ID; and children 18 and under admitted free. All Gilcrease Museum members, University of Tulsa students with ID, school tours and sponsors are admitted free of charge. Gilcrease will offer free admission to all visitors on the first Tuesday of each month (“TU TUesday”).

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is open for all holidays, except Christmas Day.
More information: or (918) 596-2700

Bank of America and the Arts

Bank of America is a leading supporter of arts and culture in the United States. Through a wide variety of programs, Bank of America works to strengthen artistic institutions and provide greater access to treasured works of art for both its customers and those who might not otherwise experience them. In line with the company’s philosophy of supporting institutions that are vital to local economies, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides grants to a wide range of arts organizations, supporting education and access programs and enabling institutions to expand their scope, and underwrites nations and local performances, arts programs, and exhibitions. Through the Bank of America Traveling Exhibition and Loan Programs, the bank lends its art collection to museums so they may expand their offerings for the benefit of their communities.


Anne Brockman